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Resignation of Luckas Blade

It should be noted that Luckas Blade has removed all rights from his account. Is his confirmation therefore considered withdrawn? πr2 (t • c) 12:27, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

I would say so. Snowolf How can I help? 12:28, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Something needs to be checked out

Yes check.svg Resolved.

http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Special:Log/newusers - its like an endless flow. sats (talk) 14:26, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Modify that - maybe someone with a good knowledge of what and how the automatically created accounts means - (like what is generating them, and why?)

it has been occurring since November 11 - and has beeen churning through well over 20,000 + account names

It might be an obvious process to someone - it would be great to have it explained somewhere - cheers sats (talk) 15:29, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Hello, you need a good read of Help:Unified login. It will clarify everything. --Nemo 15:38, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Hey - thank you very much for that - appreciate your tolerance - cheers sats (talk) 16:07, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

added question re the same

There is a bit of reading between the lines to do though - over 100,000 user names have been automatically added (wikivoyage doesnt even have 30,000 articles yet) and it appears the addition is on going - is it that the process will not finish, and that automatically generated usernames are something that will be in the background for a considerable time to come...?

Is there a better place to ask technical questions about this process ? sats (talk) 01:25, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

When a user who is already globally logged into WMF sites visits en.wv, they get an account created for them if they don't already have one. They don't have to do anything. For example, if you're logged in globally and you go to Vietnamese Wikibooks (I'm guessing you've never been there), it will create an account automatically for you. You will be able to see it in the log here. This, that and the other (talk) 01:40, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
These accounts are made whenever a SUL visits the site for the first time, iirc. That's why it happens over time, because there is no automatic process. Ajraddatz (Talk) 01:41, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for your answers, appreciate that - maybe over time a page/section at wikivoyage needs to have an amalgam of explanations made so far... sats (talk) 11:11, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Talk:No open proxies#Instructions on appeals and translations

Please give a look. --Nemo 12:29, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Deletable global groups?

The first one was created for a very specific purpose a couple of years ago and was never used again. The second one seems to have been created for testing. Is it safe to delete them? Thanks. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 14:34, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

I would think so. MBisanz talk 18:28, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
Agreed. Doesn't look like those are needed anymore. -Barras talk 19:54, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
Yep. Agreed. Trijnsteltalk 22:38, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I deleted the first group. The second one is not unused. Ruslik (talk) 06:58, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Check with Vituzzu. I think we was doing some tests with the "Foundation and Chapters Staff"-group. -- Tegel (Talk) 11:05, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Yes, the second one should remain. Philippe (WMF) (talk) 22:44, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Bug 45230 – Global account log shouldn't require @global in target

I couldn't find any previous bug on this matter, but unless I'm missing something this seems obviously desirable. I'm linking the bug here in the (remote, I'd think) case this affects stewards' work in any way, in which case they may want to discuss it here and then report the conclusion on the bug. --Nemo 15:26, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

At-sign in usernames

I came across an interesting thing in wiki-syntax regarding usernames. There is a user by the name of "Mik@el" on the Finnish Wikipedia. As an administrator I am unable to change his user rights, because the system message (translated from Finnish) tells me that I do not have permission to change user rights in other projects. The system seems to think he is user Mik (at) el. I am not asking for any stewards to change any rights, but I am wondering if the problem is universal and if the stewards are the only resort in cases like this. --Pxos (talk) 20:56, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

In this case and similar cases you can avoid the problem by entering the user ID – in the form #user ID – instead of username to Special:Userrights. You can find instructions on how to do this in the Steward handbook (section Encoding problems). –Ejs-80 21:33, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for the answer. This has been an episode of "Global problems solved locally" brought to you by the Finnish sysops. Good night! --Pxos (talk) 21:38, 21 February 2013 (UTC)